The McKellans are all back for just another round of spreading some Christmas Cheer! The Family Reunion Christmas starts with a cute bang, as the series has coined a special jingle to credit this Netflix Original. There is certain honesty about the series. While each episode commences, they do make a clear mention of the series being shot in front of a live audience in a certain set.
The cast is fun! M’dear McKellan (Loretta Devine) and Grandpa (Richard Roundtree), who is also a local Parish at the Church live in Columbia. Their son Moz McKellan and wife Coco, lives in Seattle, far from his parents. Moz’s four kids have a very chic, and sophisticated upbringing, and don’t exactly know how to rough it out in life.
This Christmas, the grandparents take it upon themselves to help the kids ride their horses' blinders and view life from a different and down to earth perspective. The reunion helps Moz and his family to get back to living with his parents and help the kids understand the value of community.
Series like these are a must-have for generations that live their life on the virtue of gadgets and ‘Siri’. Their incline towards manual labour is limited as everything is done at the push of a button. The most hilarious part in episode one is when Shaka (Isaiah Russell-Bailey) and Mazzi (Cameron .J. Wright) are asking the Walkman to play the music (They are so smitten by the whims of Siri) that they forget that it’s important to press a button.
There are little things like go-carting in the backyard on one’s house, that Moz encourages which should help the kids rough out. But here, there is one question that I’d prominently raise, and that is why rough it out with go-carting, why not play simple running games like ‘Lock and Key’ and ‘Catch and Cook’ and more! Roughing it out with your friends would involve falling and getting up again, using some wondrous and promising life hacks rather than needlessly rushing back to the first-aid.
Coco too understands that living in a city pretty much robs these children of their childhood. They have a very faint idea on the virtues of religion and the bible, and M’dear takes it upon her to help the children take to the Bible in a fun way. While this is a great move that the adults of the family are fostering, there is one thing that I have a problem with and that is to make something a compulsion (Well in a way, if it isn’t, kids just won't get down to doing the right thing, but religion is subjective.)
M’dear is loud and boisterous as her character demands it, however perhaps if that could be controlled and relegated to underline the important teachings, it could have certainly heightened the glory of the plot.
The family makes an effort to keep with the magic of Christmas. It is interesting how the grandparents steer the children to do the right thing, and also gently rub it into Moz that the new age parent concept isn’t all good. One has to mix the best of both worlds while raising their children.
This is indeed a sweet series. Great for the kids to watch during their holidays! There is something that even the parents could enjoy. The series imparts a lot of life lessons while keeping the magic quotient alive. However, the magic dulls out owing to the direction (that pales).